Below are families from recent ShelterBox deployments who received aid, delivered by our ShelterBox Response Team members. Check back for more first-hand accounts from ShelterBox Response Team members in the field.
Mercedes and Valentin - Philippines, January 2016
Mercedes Arca and her husband Valentin, who at 82 is the second oldest person in the island village of Binaly, were just one of the families to lose their home to Typhoon Melor. As the storm raged through their village, none of the villagers were hurt, but more than 120 homes had been destroyed or badly damaged. There was nothing left of Mercedes and Valentin’s house. Mercedes was devastated, as they had no way of rebuilding again. But when the ShelterBox team, made up of Andrew Clark (UK) and Bill Woodard (US) provided the couple with materials to rebuild their home, she was overjoyed. She said: ‘Thank you, thank you. ShelterBox was the answer to my prayers.’ Read more about the recent ShelterBox deployment to the Philippines here.
Jejou family - Greece, September 2015
ShelterBox Response Team member Jennifer Butte-Dahl (USA) and her Syrian coworker Samer had the chance to talk to the Jejou family from Mosul, Iraq at the Kara Tepe transit camp. When asked how the tent helped their family, they responded: “We first bought a small tent, but it was not good for 5 people. It was too small. We found this tent empty, cleaned it up, and began using it instead. It is big. We can put our luggage inside to keep it safe. And the whole family can live in this tent. This tent provides shelter for us and it is a safe place. It is also better if it is windy. This tent will stand better in the wind. It also keeps us out of the sun, which is much better.” You can find out more about the Jejou family's journey to Lesbos here.
ShelterBox tents as hospitals - Nepal, April 2015
ShelterBox Response Team member Nicola Hinds (UK) is pictured with Geeta Shrestha, Nursing Director at a Kathmandu hospital. They stand beside one of the tents provided by ShelterBox, which was used to give privacy and shelter to the city’s wounded, for dressings to be changed, for minor operations, and as mobile clinics. Geeta says to ShelterBox’s supporters, ‘From my heart and from my hospital, I thank you.’
ShelterBox in partnership with IEDA - Cameroon, April 2015
•Reduced the number of cholera cases to 0 as people are no longer using one water supply for toilet, washing and drinking.
•Decreased sexual gender based violence.
•Met the needs of women and girls for privacy.
•Reunites families in one living space.
•Allowed psychological and physical recovery to begin.